“In the market, the blind cry out to the one-eyed as clear-sighted” (Genesis Rabbah 30:9). These are words from a scholarly dispute about this week's Torah portion, which declares that “Noah was a righteous man, unblemished in his generations” (Genesis 6:9).
Rabbi Yehudah interprets the statement in Genesis as veiled condemnation — in other words, Noah could only be considered righteous and unblemished when compared with the majority of his time. In a period of utter moral blindness, the “one-eyed” Noah was the greatest hope for both humanity and the earth.
Noah’s critics often focus on his apparent silence during his extended preparations for disaster — preparations which fulfill the letter of divine command, but do not reflect any active concern for those beyond his immediate family.
To pursue this line of ethical reasoning as elections approach, it might be helpful to have our own moral “eyes” examined — and bring the focus back to ourselves. (...) READ MORE
On this 21st anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin z"l, may we continue to help each other see our own choices more clearly.
"Cause us to see clearly that the well-being of our nation is in the hands of all its citizens." (Gates of Repentance)